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From Policies to Principles: The Effects of Campus Climate on Academic Integrity, a Mixed Methods Study

Abstract

This mixed methods study examines how college students’ perceptions and experiences affect their understanding of academic integrity. Using qualitative and quantitative responses from the Personal and Social Responsibility Institutional Inventory (PSRI), both quantitative and qualitative results demonstrate that while campuses may see a reduction in overall levels of cheating when punitive academic integrity policies are present, students may develop higher levels of personal and academic integrity through the use of more holistic and community-focused practices.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the Association of American Colleges and Universities for providing access to the Core Commitments data.

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The John Templeton Foundation and the Association of American Colleges and Universities supported data collection in 2006–2007. The authors of this manuscript did not receive any funding to support this project.

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The authors of this study were approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Iowa to use data as de-identified secondary data (IRB #201210740).

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Young, R.L., Miller, G.N.S. & Barnhardt, C.L. From Policies to Principles: The Effects of Campus Climate on Academic Integrity, a Mixed Methods Study. J Acad Ethics 16, 1–17 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10805-017-9297-7

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Keywords

  • Academic integrity
  • Mixed methods
  • Campus climate
  • Organizational response